There are two food groups you can be sure to have a variety to choose from while traveling through the South: BBQ and fried catfish. Some restaurants serve both on a regular basis. But remember, Lolly's advice here. If you go to a restaurant with the name of the food served IN the name of the restaurant, choose that item!
One of my favorite restaurants to visit to enjoy delicious catfish isCatfish Cabin
in Albertville, AL. Family owned for over 40 years (!), this restaurant is a landmark in the Sand Mountain and surrounding areas. Their catfish, seafood, and chicken are all hand battered in their secret breading, the cole slaw is made fresh daily, and the hush puppies are the best I've ever eaten, mine included.
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Catfish Cabin offers a wide variety of seafood options, along with chicken, steaks, burgers, po'boys, soups, salads, and sandwiches. There is truly something for everyone. Even those who enjoy dining on frog legs!
Almost as soon as you are seated, a complimentary basket of those hush puppies will promptly be served to your table. They are light and fluffy, with a few corn kernels nestled in there, with great seasoning, and delicately fried.
Each diner will also receive a nice bowl of cole slaw to enjoy with those hush puppies! Finely chopped and lightly dressed makes for a great serving of slaw.
We ordered fried crab claws as our appetizer. This is 1/3 pound of freshly battered Gulf crab claws. There were 33 crab claws with this order! They were served with a zesty cocktail sauce. I could eat these all day.
We both chose the Paddle Wheeler Special which is 1/2 lb. of catfish fillet strips, dipped and dusted in their special recipe. Two sides are available with this meal. We had the slaw and a LARGE baked potato that was perfectly cooked and served hot and fresh.
The catfish is available fried, broiled, char-grilled, or hot spicy blackened in a cast iron skillet.
We had enough to bring home to enjoy for lunch the next day.
Catfish Cabin also offers homemade banana pudding and hot fudge cake for dessert.
Our server was amazing. She kept those (large!) sweet tea glasses filled. Food was promptly served with little wait at all. Catfish Cabin is one of those comfort food restaurants for me. The food will always be consistent and enjoyable.